Summary of “An Oral History of Whac-a-Mole”

Over the past four decades, the game of Whac-A-Mole has not only enjoyed immense popularity, it’s become a part of the American lexicon.
Skeeball, Whac-A-Mole is also an ever-present carnival game, rivaling the likes of the water gun game and the shooting gallery.
When the game starts, a mole pops up from one of the five holes in front of you.
The difficulty comes in that you just don’t know what hole that silly mole is going to come out of next but all who play the game agree it certainly is a lot of fun.
As video game technology progressed over the years, this game genre moved to computers and, more recently, to handheld consoles and mobile phones, which are well suited for quick, on-the-go gaming sessions afforded by this genre.
Richard Parliament, aka Top Hat Gaming Man, gaming historian: When you think about it, the concept of Whac-A-Mole is kind of hilariously dark, and because of this, some have viewed it as the first mechanical game centered around violence, as though it was the predecessor to games like Call of Duty.
Angel Castelan, assistant manager at Coney Island’s Luna Park: I’ve run the Whac-A-Mole game so many times at Luna Park, it’s a really fast-paced game and it gives people a huge rush.
For carnival gaming, we generally consider it a type of merchandising – like when you shoot a water pistol at a target, you win a prize, so people are motivated to play the game by a prize, but when it comes to Whac-A-Mole, there is a certain sense of accomplishment.

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